ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University

Dr John Butcher is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) based at the ANU. John is currently a co-investigator in a research project investigating the determinants for success when working across organisational and sector boundaries. Jointly funded by ANZSOG and the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, the research will entail comparative case studies of existing cross-sector initiatives in Australia and New Zealand with a view to extracting lessons about best practice and the potential pitfalls of multi-stakeholder collaborations. John's work focuses on the working relationship between government entities and non-state actors, principally the not-for-profit sector. John's publications include ‘The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’ (with David Gilchrist, ANU Press 2016) and 'Policy in Action: The challenge of service delivery' (with John Wanna and Benoît Freyens, UNSW Press 2009).


  • 2017–present
    Co-investigator, ANZSOG/JCIPP, Curtin University
  • 2015–present
    ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian National University


  • 2014 
    Australian National University, PhD Political Science
  • 1986 
    University of British Columbia, MA Geography


  • 2016
    ‘Investing in Not-for-Profit Sector Capacity: The Australian Capital Territory’s Community Sector Development Program (CSDP)’, , Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 75, Issue 2, pages 249-257
  • 2016
    ‘Health and Social Policy’, Chapter 11 in C. Aulich (ed) From Abbott to Turnbull: A new direction? Australian Commonwealth Administration 2013-2016, Echo Books, Canberra
  • 2016
    The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, ANZSOG with the ANU Press, Canberra
  • 2015
    ‘Squaring the virtuous circle: Exploring the potential of the 'Five Cs', Australian Journal of Public Administration. Vol. 74, Issue 2, pages 249-256
  • 2015
    ‘New Zealand’s Relationship Accord: A case study in the politics of cross-sector rapprochement’, . Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 7, No 2, pages 32-59
  • 2015
    'The Third Sector and Government in Australia: Not-for-profit Reform under Labor (2007-2013)', Australian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 50, Issue 1, pages 148-163
  • 2014
    with Bronwen Dalton, ‘Cross-sector partnership and human services in Australian states and territories: Reflections on a mutable relationship', Policy and Society, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pages 141-153
  • 2013
    ‘The National Compact: civilising the relationship between government and the not-for-profit sector in Australia’, Chapter 11 in Rachel Laforest (ed) Government-Nonprofit Relations in Times of Recession, McGill University Press
  • 2012
    with John Casey and Bronwen Dalton, ‘An Australian National Compact – Something old, something new?’, Nonprofit Policy Forum. Volume 3, Issue 2
  • 2011
    ‘An Australian Compact with the Third Sector: Challenges and Prospects’, Third Sector Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 35-58
  • 2010
    with Benoît Freyens, ‘Competition and Collaboration in the Contracting of Family Relationship Centres’, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 15–33
  • 2008
    Australia Under Construction: Nation-building past, present and future, ANZSOG with the ANU Press, Canberra

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    ANZSOG Research Grant
    Funding Source:
    Australia and New Zealand School of Government